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Acrylic Painting, Jazmine, Year 8
(scholarship gained for Dunnotar, aged 11)


After Escher, Graphite stick and pencil, By Anon Aged 12



Annabelle, Scholarship attained to Lingfield aged 11





" Claire Harrison has been tutoring my daughter, Annabelle,  for the last year and half with fortnightly sessions in order to channel her artistic strength in a manner that she could apply for an Art scholarship in January 2016 to three local independent schools. As a result of Claire's enthusiasm, skill, focus , direction and mentoring Annabelle was well placed to apply for this scholarship where she was shortlisted for all three schools and won an Art scholarship to attend one of them.

I would like to thank Claire for all her guidance in this and would be delighted to recommend her to any parent who is similarly in such a position. Under Claire's vigil, Annabelle, now 11,  has flourished and is now proud to be and say that she is an Art Scholar . Thank you Claire".

From Danielle based near Reigate in Surrey

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I have over 15 years experience teaching both adults and children. During that time I have helped many students attain high grades in their GCSE and gaining art scholarships to their chosen schools. I have a passive and encouraging teaching style that allows my students to develop their own style of work and creativity. This enables students to both attain the grades that they want and strengthen their confidence so that they can be independent in their creativity.

Tackling Creative Blocks and Building Confidence

I have helped many students overcome their lack of confidence and given students the skills and experience to feel proud and confident with their creativity. This is an issue that can occur for an artist at any age, and I frequently help children who suffer with this and I am experienced in helping them overcoming this in a fun and creative way. I accept students from the age of 8 years.

Supporting GCSE Students

I have supported many GCSE students attain A (Grade 7 and above for the new system) grades over the last 15 years. I help each student develop their sketchbooks to a high standard and enable them to show their creative thinking clearly for the examiners. I have a vast range of technical skill in any medium that is 2D. I demonstrate to students how to reproduce a Master's work, which is a necessary part of the syllabus. My teaching technique also enables the student to implement these techniques into their own work with confidence. I am keen that students pick the topics for each session so that they are fully engaged and inspired by what they are working on.


Most students applying for a scholarship finds it valuable to have the support of a tutor to develop their portfolio. Over the past 15 years I have over 80% success rate with my students gaining scholarships. I teach the students the skills required in a fun way and inspires the scholars to have an enthusiasm for both the practical and theoretical subject. Giving my students an independent drive to create their own artworks which is essential for gaining an art scholarship.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

I am able to provide the tuition for students to gain an Art Skill for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. I tailor the syllabus to the individual students interests from photography, linocut to developing an art work and final piece. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and I can provide tuition for a range of skills, an expanded list is available below.

A Levels, Degree's and Mentoring

I have been a practising artist for the last 17 years and have been a guest lecturer at many different organisations and have worked with many different students and artists on many different projects. I can therefore support students with their A level and higher education syllabuses. I also mentor many other artists supporting them develop their creativity and their creative businesses, to learn further about this please click here.

To apply or for further information, please email me



Techniques and Skills Available

Please note this list is not exhaustive...

Painting – Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Gouache,
Drawing – Charcoal, Pen/Ink, Pencil, Pastels, Mixed Media etc
Photography – SLR, Digital, Photoshop, Digital Manipulation
Mixed Media/Collage
Life Drawing

Developing an Art work
Painting – expressionist
Painting - blending
Composition, balance and aesthetics
Tone, Depth, Contrast
Colour Theory
Painting and Drawing from the Masters (from Renaissance to present day)